The Cockettes

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  • Summary: This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, a group of flamboyant hippies who decked themselves in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter.

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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.
  2. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: David Ehrenstein
    Brilliant new documentary.
  3. Cue the footage of Cockettes in spangles and glitter, high-kicking and belting out show tunes at the top of their lungs. Damn, it looks grand.
  4. Revisits the San Francisco of the late 1960's and early 70's, a time and place so encrusted with legend and cliché that you might wonder if there is anything left to say. It turns out there is quite a lot -- which the filmmakers have brought triumphantly to life.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Looks like Weimar decadence and feels like down-home friendship.
  6. The Cockettes is a fascinating poke into the soul of the '60s and it moves past a simple chronology of a counterculture phenomenon to examine how this predecessor to glitter rock and camp movies, such as "The Rocky Horror Show," could ever have ascended to such heights.
  7. 38
    Indulgent, tedious documentary.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 30, 2010
    The documentary is one of the most affective ways to capture a time and place in history especially when the subject is as visually compellingThe documentary is one of the most affective ways to capture a time and place in history especially when the subject is as visually compelling as the Cockettes. Counter culture San Francisco history is so saturated with tired tales of the Beat Generation and the Grateful Dead. It was delightful to stumble upon a lesser known group of artists (who were actually quite famous in their own right). Interesting to note were some of the pervasive themes present in the documentary namely the "New York City" response to this "San Francisco" phenomenon. This film depicts a primary example of the West Coast's more open and relaxed attitude toward artistic expression not to mention the DIY aspect of San Francisco art culture (exemplified by the Cockette's costuming and sets) in general. Expand

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